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Old 11-23-2012, 09:20 AM
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The very first hot rod I built as a kid was a Hemi 354 in a 1953 Chevy coupe.Used trans adapt frame front mounts. Hehe-I put the sucker in that car and the front end dropped like a rock from the wt.of the engine. Yepper my early learning curve was in play.

Seems to me anytime a guy talks any Hemi build,the machine shop,the parts manufactures,well anyone kind of sees a guy as a cash cow.Early or late they are $$$$$$$ plus $$$$$$$ to build. Sure wish I could post something more positive but that wouldn't be the honest truth.Even the one I had in the 53 I had a boat load of money in it.
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I did work for a company that rented Kalitta's planes.The mechanics on board use to tell me about Connie's aluminum farm that up in Mich is a warehouse fulled floor to roof with blown up Hemi blocks. They said you had to watch what you said about that when Connie was around because he was sensitive about that and you never knew when Connie was looking right at you.LOL.It is because he is cross sighted.
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hemi's in the 50's

In the 50's I had an olds in my T bucket,I found my real steel body in 51, My brother had a caddy in his T, My older brother had a merc flat head with all the goodies, aluminum heads, 3 2's H C ignition in his 40 coupe... a buddy had an olds in his first coupe and an olds in his roadster, the most common "modern" overhead engines were olds and caddies but one kid whose dad owned a combinitation welding- machine shop had a chrysler hemi in his model a vicky and another kid had a stock hemi in his 27 t roadster pickup on a stock length model A frame , two years ago I was cleaning out the shop and ran across the adaptor for olds to flathead trans and listed it on Craigs list, the first guy was there in half an hour and I had a dozen calls that morning.
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For racers/hotrodders wanting to build an early hemi try this sight for parts: Hot Heads Research & Racing Early Chrysler Hemi Home
I have bought parts for a couple of early builds. Good people to deal with, very knowledgeable.
Parts are pricy compared to building a SBC but I think you have to take into consideration on the supply and demand aspect.
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As far as costs go, my complete 331 was around $800. Granted a rebuild will be more than a SBC, but the wow factor is worth it.

This is the perfect hotrod IMO. Model A with a 1954 Chrysler 331 (Bass's car)
No other engine even comes close to the early Chrysler hemi for the cool factor

THE Bass Hemi Model A Coupe - THE H.A.M.B.

Centerline has a nice hotrod too
Here is his early hemi website..


That Hemi would look good in my 31 Plymouth 3 window.
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